2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives in the USA

In 1885 six locomotives with a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement were built by Baldwin for New Zealand Railways. In October 1898 Baldwin built a 2-6-2 for the McCloud River Railroad that was similar to 2-6-2s that they built for southern loggers in the previous two years.. In 1900 Brooks built several of this type Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. They were planned to be used on the mid-western prairies. However, they did not find favor with the Class I railroads. Only 1500 Prairies were built with many of them destined for short lines.

Railroads that used 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives in the USA (data provided by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media)

Surviving Examples of 2-6-2 "Prairie" Locomotives in the USA

No.ClassF.M. WhyteGaugeRailroad LineLocationStatusBuilder InfoNotes
110810502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF near Ardmore depot, Ardmore, OKdisplayBaldwin #20691, 1903
2968 (5245)2-6-224"Byron RR (U.S. Army) Norgrove Gardens, Arroyo Grande, CAstoredDavenport Locomotive Works #1700 Rebuilt in Creston, IA by Byron Hiatt, from Monroe, WA then Watertown, NY
72-6-236"Eureka Nevada Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, IDoperationalH.K. Porter #5724, 1915
9022-6-215" Eden Springs Park, Benton Harbor, MIrestorationHouse of DavidStored off site
9032-6-215" Hanson Technology Center, Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MIdisplayHouse of David Stored off site
72-6-215"Redwood Valley Railway Redwood Valley Railway, Berkeley, CAoperational Named The Oak; Drive wheels were borrowed to build model of Sierra Railway #3 used in filming Back To The Future III
109610502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Beatty Rogers Park, Blackwell, OKdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20579, 06/1902
1102-6-24'-8½"Cliffside (Swamp Rabbit) New Hope Valley Railway, Bonsal, NCrestorationVulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #3738, 07/1927From Stone Mountain where is was named Yonah II
22-6-24'-8½"Manatee Crate (Taylor Country LUmber) Manatee Historical Village, Bradenton, FLdisplayBaldwin #40861, 1913
108010502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Santa Fe Depot, Brownwood, TXdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20376, 1902
1002-6-24'-8½"FSMAlger-Sullivan Historical Society, Century, FLdisplayBaldwin #52261, 1919 from Whitewater Valley Railroad
7862-6-214"TMRJimmie Thomas Miniature Railroad, Cheraw, SCdisplay1940s
107910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Walter Johnson Memorial Park, Coffeyville, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20375, 1902
52-6-2T4'-8½"Coronet Phosphate Colfax Railroad Museum, Colfax, WIdisplayH.K. Porter #4874, 1911 From Annandale, MN
42-6-236"WP&Y (Klondike Mines) South Park Rail Society, Como, COoperationalBaldwin #37564, 1912 from Petticoat Junction Railroad, then El Reno, OK, then Dry Gulch USA, Adair, OK, then Silver Plume, wood fired
2622-6-218"Snug Harbor NRHS Oregon Coast Chapter, Coos Bay, ORdisplayOscar Coffman, 1946 from Malibu, CA then Alton & Pacific, then David Stare
113910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Boot Hill Museum and Front Street, Dodge City, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #21506, 1903 Displayed with builder plate (21617) from 1144.
114010502-6-24'-8½"Southern Pine Lumber (AT&SF) Louisiana National Guard Camp Minden, Doyline, LAstoredBaldwin, 1902 from Shreveport
2435T2-6-24'-8½"NP Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, MNcosmetic restorationAlco (Brooks) #42250, 1907
12-6-218"Venice Miniature Railwayunknown, El Monte, CAstoredJohnson Machine Works (Los Angeles), 1905
101510142-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Fremont Park, Emporia, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #19642, 1901
112-6-24'-8½"Everett Railroad (Morehead & North Fork) H&BT Depot, Everett, PAdisplayBaldwin #33333, 04/1909 From Williams Grove Amusement Park, Dillsburg; Used for excursions in the 1960s.
262-6-236"SS&S NJ Museum of Transportation, Farmingdale, NJdisplayBaldwin #53796, 1920
9012-6-215" NWORRP, Findlay, OHoperationalHouse of David, 1948
19022-6-2ST24"USATC National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, GAdisplayDavenport Locomotive Works #1682, 1918
12-6-24'-8½"WBT&S Galveston Railroad Museum, Galveston, TXdisplayBaldwin #53413, 1920
252-6-24'-8½"MCR Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Garibaldi, ORoperationalAlco (Schenectady) #66435, 1925From McCloud Railway Co., McCloud, CA. Appeared in Stand By Me.
1022-6-212"WF&P Wabash, Frisco & Pacific Railroad, Glencoe, MOout of serviceTed Young, 1983Modeled after CS&CCD Railway 102; Awaiting new boiler.
12-6-24'-8½"LA Cypress Lumber Co. Roosevelt Railroad Museum (defunct), Griffin, GAprivateH.K. Porter #6663, 1921once owned by Warren Frye, current location unknown
961 ton2-6-2T4'-8½"GP Wynoochee River Gorge, Grisdale, WAsunkBaldwin #57709, 1924
50NGG132-6-2+2-6-224"SAR Hempstead & Northern, Hempstead, TXprivate operationalHanomag (Hannover-Linden) #10598, 1928
72-6-24'-8½"Prescott & Northwestern (Caddo & Choctaw) Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDdisplayBaldwin #51771, 1919 Named The General Custer
1032-6-2T4'-8½"PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDstoredBaldwin #55482, 1922 used as parts supply for 104
1042-6-2T4'-8½"PT Black Hills Central Railroad, Hill City, SDoperationalBaldwin #59137, 1926
182-6-24'-8½"Florida & Alabama Fremont & Elkhorn Valley RR, Hooper, NErestorationBaldwin #52850, 01/1920 from White Sulfer Springs, MT then Pellgas Propane Co., Atlantic, IA
452-6-24'-8½"Rayonier (Polson Logging) Polson Museum, Hoquiam, WArestorationBaldwin #27311, 01/1906From Mineral, WA
2052-6-24'-8½"SMVenginehouse, Independence, ORrestoration, storedBaldwin #57613, 1924info & photo Tender is from SMV 100
105010502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Independence Riverside Park, Independence, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20132, 1902
7 (8)2-6-24'-8½"Amador Central (MCR) Police Department Park, Main St, Ione, CAdisplayBurnham, Williams #1895, 1901
42-6-24'-8½"Cypress Lumber (Lee Tidewater Cypress Co) WK&S Railroad, Kempton, PAdisassembledBaldwin #41652, 1914From Monee, IL then purchased disassembled from Hardin Southern Railroad, Hardin, KY in 2008
102410142-6-24'-8½"AT&SF West First Street Park, La Junta, COdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #19684, 1901
181918002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF behind Amtrak depot, Lamar, COdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #29425, 1906
42-6-24'-8½"Fairchild & NE Laona & Northern, Laona, WIoperationalVulcan Iron Works (Wilkes-Barre) #2535, 1916
112910502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Highway 329 & Grand Ave., Las Vegas, NMdisplayBaldwin #21306, 1902
1A-C-A2-6-218"Timnath Northwestern John Blue Complex, Laurinburg, NCout of serviceAlex Schneider and Roger Mitchell (Loveland CO) #1, 1984From Swetsville Zoo, Timnath, CO
107310502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Watson Park, Lawrence, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20333, 1902
7 (13)2-6-24'-8½"S&F (DV&RL) Travel Town Museum, Los Angeles, CAdisplayAlco (Dickson) #26264, 12/1902
22-6-218"BJWRR (Venice Miniature Railway) Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos, CAoperationalJohnson Machine Works (Los Angeles), 1905
294 (47)2-6-24'-8½"Republic Steel (River Terminal) Lynnville Railroad Museum, Lynnville, TNdisplayBaldwin #59760, 1927
42-6-24'-8½"Long Bell Lumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredfrom Gene Autry, Melody Ranch, Newhall, CA, Fred Kepner collection
1052-6-24'-8½"VSP&SSRR Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
12-6-2T4'-8½"OP&E Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
1042-6-2T4'-8½"ORAMLumber Modoc Northern Siding, Merrill, ORstoredFred Kepner collection
32-6-24'-8½"Arkansas, Louisiana & Missouri (Brown Paper Mill) Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, Monroe, LAdisplayBaldwin #60295, 12/1927 from Graphic Packaging, West Monroe; Driven into park under its own power in 1962
82-6-24'-8½"Feather River Art Wilson Co., Mound House, NVstored operationalBaldwin #32160, 11/1907from V&T Railroad then Gold Hill. Appeared in Great American Train Rides I
52-6-24'-8½"Nahma&No RR Nahma Township Park, Nahma, MIdisplayBaldwin #38846, 1912
22-6-24'-8½"Lee Tidewater Cypress Co (Barfield Lumber) Collier County Museum, Naples, FLdisplayBaldwin #53177, 05/1920Named The Deuce
52-6-236"Argent Lumber Nevada County NG Railroad Museum, Nevada City, CAdisplayLima #1116, 1910 For sale
62-6-24'-8½"Skagit River east of N Cascades National Park, Hwy20, Newhalem, WAdisplayBaldwin #60440, 1928Last operated in early 1980s between Sedro-Woolley and Concrete.
188018002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Military Park, Newton, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #31460, 1907
112-6-24'-8½"Reader (Caddo & Choctaw) Riney-B Park, Nicholasville, KYdisplayBaldwin #58194, 01/1925 operated until 1993
52-6-24'-8½"Calcasieu Paper Ameristar Casino, North Kansas City, MOdisplayBaldwin #38219, 1912
2 (107)2-6-24'-8½"Ventura Co. Orange Empire Railway Museum, Perris, CAoperationalBaldwin #55415, 1922
112-6-24'-8½"St Joe Lumber & Exp The Centennial Bldg, Port St. Joe, FLdisplayBaldwin #45365, 1917
4 (22)2-6-24'-8½"WTCarter Lumber Reader Railroad, Reader, ARstoredBaldwin #40958, 1913 from Reader Railroad, later leased to Orlando & Mount Dora, FL
72-6-24'-8½"Long Leaf Lumber (VF&W) Reader Railroad, Reader, ARstoredBurnham, Williams #31063, 1907 Paritally dismantled
22-6-2T4'-8½"SV&E Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society, Redding, CAdisplayBaldwin #32651, 1908 from Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City, NV
101010002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CAstoredBaldwin (Burnham) #19630, 1901Scott Special
1903 (233)2-6-2T4'-8½"SP (Central Pacific) California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CAstoredCP (Sacramento), 01/1882from the Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol
32-6-24'-8½"ST&E (Delbeer & Carson Lumber) Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CAstoredBaldwin #55248, 01/1922From CSRM
292-6-24'-8½"Pacific Lumber Timber Heritage Association, Samoa, CAstoredBaldwin #34484, 1910from Eureka, then Timber Heritage Association, Glendale
3 (1)2-6-236"Laurel Valley Plantation (Barker & LePine) Pacific Coast Railroad, Santa Margarita, CAprivateH.K. Porter #1790, 1897 Named Melodia, from Space City USA then Carowinds Amusement Park, Charlotte. Converted from an 0-6-2RT to 2-6-2.
122-6-215"Paradise & Pacific RR McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZdisplay
12-6-24'-8½"Brooks Scanlon Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, PAdisplayBaldwin #41649, 1914
12B-3-E2-6-236"GL (Kahului Railroad) Georgetown Loop RR, Silver Plume, COoperationalBaldwin #60690, 1928 Formerly at Hawaii, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic; Mt. Pleasant, IA; Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID; Georgetown, CO
180918002-6-24'-8½"AT&SF W Lubbock & S 8th, Slaton, TXdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #29281, 1906
52-6-24'-8½"Rosco Snyder & Pacific Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder, TXdisplayBaldwin #52918, 1920
25010-34-D2-6-24'-8½"Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern Edaville USA, South Carver, MAdisplayBaldwin #59239, 5/1926from WK&S, then Hobo RR, Lincoln, then Concord, NH
92-6-24'-8½"Amador Central (MCR) Age of Steam Roundhouse, Sugarcreek, OHstored serviceableBaldwin #18596, 01/1901Sold to YWRR in 1939; sold to ACRR in 1944; sold to NP&I in 1945; to Mid-Continent RR Museum in 1966; to Kettle Moraine RY and operated until 2001; purchased by Jerry Jacobson in 2015
1082-6-24'-8½"A&NR Blacklands Railroad, Church St., Sulphur Springs, TXstoredBaldwin, 1920 from Reader, AR later North Conway, NH
302-6-24'-8½"Sierra Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAfuture restorationBaldwin #55412, 05/1922
22-6-2T4'-8½"Quincy RR Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAout of serviceAlco, 1924
32-6-2T4'-8½"Robert Dollar Niles Canyon Railway, Sunol, CAoperationalAlco (Schenectady) #67544, 11/1927traded to PLA from Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Jct
1002-6-24'-8½"Weyerhaeuser Central Park, Sutherlin, ORdisplayCooke Locomotive & Machine Works #62965, 1921photo & info
103510142-6-24'-8½"AT&SFKaw River, Topeka, KSsunkBaldwin #19764, 1901
2072-6-24'-8½"DFI Tulsa Fairgrounds, Tulsa, OKdisplayBaldwin #45549, 05/1917
1012-6-24'-8½"Tuskegee Illinois Railway Museum, Union, ILrestorationBaldwin #58057, 1924
92-6-2T4'-8½"Coronet Phosphate Illinois Railway Museum, Union, ILdisplayH.K. Porter #6992, 1925From Thompson Winery, Monee
12-6-224"Rome & Fort Bull Railroad Railstar, Black Clawson, Watertown, NYstoredNolan from Erie Canal Village, Rome, NY
1032-6-24'-8½"Sumter & ChoctawNaugatuck Railroad, Waterville, CTdisplayBaldwin #58754, 1925 From The Valley Railroad in Essex
106710502-6-24'-8½"AT&SF Sellers Park, Wellington, KSdisplayBaldwin (Burnham) #20268, 1902
62-6-24'-8½"CICJohn Larkin, Wells, MIrestorationBaldwin #43340, 1916
72-6-2T4'-8½"Port of Olympia Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CAprivate operationalBaldwin #34666, 1910restored at Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad
142-6-2T4'-8½"CA Western Roots of Motive Power, Willits, CArestorationBaldwin #58050, 1924 from Fort Bragg
1042-6-24'-8½"WW Cummer & Sons Cypress Florida Railroad Museum, Willow, FLdisplayBaldwin #53141, 1920From Leesburg
162-6-24'-8½"Lee Tidewater Cypress CoClyde Schurman Machine Shop, Woodland, WAdisplayBaldwin #51871, 1919From North Lake, WI
22-6-24'-8½"Yakutat & Southern Y&S RoW near school, Yakutat, AKdisplayLima #1057, 1907 awaiting restoration
72-6-24'-8½"Brooks Scanlon Pioneer Park Museum, Zolfo Springs, FLdisplayBaldwin #41650, 1914 May be returning to Wauchula?
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